Thursday, September 12, 2013

Disney Schoolhouse- Part of Disney Online Streaming

Disney Schoolhouse would be the part of my fantasy Disney streaming network that would be educational.  Unlike Playhouse Disney or Disney Junior the programming does not just go to the lowest common denominator.  This would not only be entertainment that is accessible for the youngest of viewers but also programming that children can watch with their families and plenty of nostalgia for adults.

The network would be anchored by Disney Schoolhouse which is a collection of educational Disney shorts such as Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom and Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land.  The network would also air tried and true educational series that many schools still use such as the safety based Jiminy Cricket series I'm No Fool, still topical lessons of Schoolhouse Rock and the internet favorite Bill Nye, the Science Guy as well as his follow-up series The Eyes of Nye.

There are plenty of nostaligic series that will bring in older viewers that can still positively impact newer audiences.  The Disney Channel original Adventures in Wonderland has a great formula for an educational television series.  Its imagination and real world applicability make it worthy of getting back in the public's eye.  Similar older series include Bear in the Big Blue House, The Little Mermaid and best of all the long-rerunning New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.  This online network is also the perfect place to reintroduce the fan-favorite Muppet Babies a series that is fun for all ages that Disney should not have as many right's issues with now that they own Star Wars.

Other series that are options for this streaming network is the more modern and relevant Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  A well animated series that has been a hit with modern children.  Classic series such as Disneyland which features several science, behind the scenes and nature based episodes as well as several short documentary films that could be combined under the legendary title of True-Life Adventures.  Finally the popular video series Disney Sing-Along-Songs could easily air here as a way to encourage music in younger audiences.

As for movies there are several that could work out on this network.  Installments in the Winnie the Pooh series (i.e. The Tigger Movie), the Tinker Bell series and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse direct-to-video movies would work out great as safe and fun programming for the youngest of audiences.  Documentaries that were branded as True-Life Adventures such as The Living Desert, The Vanishing Prairie and many others along with the more modern Disneynature films such as Earth and Oceans would fit the bill.  As would the 2000s educational documentaries such as Aliens of the Deep, Ghosts of the Abyss and Roving Mars would finally find a wide audience here.  There are also several behind the scenes documentaries that would educate anyone interested in the art of filmmaking or those who are fans of modern culture such as Walt: Man Behind the Myth, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story and Waking Sleeping Beauty.

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